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CASPA  – Celebrating Autism Acceptance in Bromley 

Bromley Charity, CASPA held it’s first event of it’s kind, to celebrate Autism Acceptance week. In Partnership with The London Borough Of Bromley. CASPA strives to celebrate Autistic peoples differences and support them, not to try and change them.  

Starting off with a ‘Road show’ style event at Oakley House, spectators came along to learn more about Autism and see Autism Speakers such as Michael Barton and Jordan James, The Autistic Photographer. 

Thursday 28 March saw an event for the over 18’s (Because Autism doesn’t stop once you become an adult!) Connor’s Club Night (Named after a CASPA member who loved to party and sadly passed away) featured a silent disco and a “Wear Green To Be Seen theme” in line with CASPA’s annual event. 

The final event was a Family Celebration at Bromley United Reform Church which saw 170 people come along to learn more and enjoy a family day including a Bouncy Castle, Pop up Arcade, Family Yoga and Trains from The Engine Shed. One Parent said: “I’ve never been to an event that caters for the entire family, especially with two children who are autistic but we’ve had the most amazing day!” 

Overall, the three events saw a footfall of around 250 people all wanting to celebrate and find out more about Autism. This shows that CASPA must continue to advocate for the Autistic community and provide events that are inclusive and enjoyable for everyone and to try and encourage others that the autistic person doesn’t need to change, the environment around them does.  

Wear Green To Be Seen this year saw 16 Schools in the Borough take part with CASPA staff and volunteers visiting a few to provide Assemblies. Wear Green To Be Seen will return in 2025 on 2 April.  

CASPA provides clubs and activities for Autistic Children and adults and provides support for their families, in and around The Bromley area. Founded in 2002, they have grown to be able to support over 600 members (and growing rapidly). CASPA desperately needs to raise £340,000 every year to keep its services running. Unlike larger charities, they do not receive any money from The Government and rely on the Community and Fundraisers to support them.